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India will do everything to save Jadhav: Sushma Swaraj

Christy Curtis | 19 May, 2017, 04:53

Handing out India a big diplomatic victory, International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday stayed the execution of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, ordering Pakistan not to hang him pending a final decision.

Judge Ronny Abraham, President of the court, reading out the court verdict also asked Pakistan to inform it of all the measures it has taken to implement the order.

A top United Nations court has ordered Pakistan not to execute a former Indian navy officer convicted on charges of spying until it has had time to hear a case brought by India.

Outlining the reasons for its decision, Abraham said Pakistan had "given no assurance" Jadhav would not be executed before the court delivered its final decision.

The decision comes after India sought the court's intervention for an immediate suspension of Jadhav's death sentence, fearing that the Indian national may be executed even before the ICJ decided the case.

Hailing the ICJ order, Indian Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said: "Indian stand is victorious, congratulate all concerned persons, especially the External Affairs Ministry".

Pakistan contended that Jadhav's rights were not breached and that the court's order to stay his execution was unnecessary because it was not imminent.

The court has asked Pakistan to give consular access to Jadhav, who was arrested in March previous year in the country's southern province, a few kilometers (miles) from the Iranian border.

However Sartaj Aziz, adviser on foreign affairs to Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, said case's proceedings would not be interrupted by the court's order and that Pakistan will raise its security concerns over giving consular access to him. He added the rights invoked by India under the Vienna Convention are plausible.

Reacting to the temporary relief granted by the worldwide court, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi hoped the final decision would also come in India's favour. "First, it affects Pakistan's credibility as a state on the optical level and second, it gives India an upper hand to make a deal for Jadhav's release", he said.

Pakistan had further argued that the provisions of the Vienna Convention did not apply to a "spy involved in terror activities".

New Delhi maintains that Jadhav was abducted from Iran and taken to Balochistan.

The government's bold step to move the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague has paid off. The other - a longer route that goes through Pakistani courts. "Pakistan sent a junior lawyer, totally unprepared to defend our case". He added that the ICJ verdict had shown that the military court trial by Pakistan was a "charade", and that the neighbour had been completely "blown away" by it.

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